Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Edies, Big and Little

 Christine Ebersole as Little Edie...
Gray Gardens opened Off Broadway in 2006,
and quickly transferred to Broadway...
based on the 1975 documentary of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale 
and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale.

  Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote that the show,
"with music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, 
sustains a level of refined language and psychological detail as elevated as Stephen Sondheim's. The score is a meticulously fashioned piece of musical theater that gains in depth the more you listen to it."
Above, Christine as Little Edie, and Mary Louise Wilson as Big Edie.

Both Christine and Mary won Tonys for their performances,
and the show garnered a total of 11 nominations.

The real Little Edie...with her Gray Gardens,
in the Maysles Brothers' documentary of 1975.

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